WASH Programme Advisor

Netherlands Red Cross

The Hague, , NL

Place in the organisation

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Programme Advisor is part of the Business Development & Advisory Unit which includes thematic advisors, M&E experts, innovation and resource mobilisation coordinators. The thematic advisors, in the field of health, WASH, food and economic security and community resilience, jointly define thematic policies for the IA division and support the other units in the division with strategic and thematic advice. The Advisor reports to BD&A Unit Lead.

Purpose of the position

The key purpose of this position is to provide high quality WASH support, and build and retain expert capacity on sanitation in our programming. The advisor will ensure sufficient WASH advisory capacity and, in close coordination with his/ her WASH colleagues, provide WASH support to ongoing NLRC-supported programming. The advisor shall identify and develop WASH funding and innovation opportunities to continue and expand NLRC’s WASH portfolio. Further, the advisor will ensure NLRC’s component in the Dutch Surge Support (DSS) Facility project.


  • Support the BD&A Unit Lead in developing the Unit’s overall goal and ambitions. Assist in communicating these to the Management Team of the IA division
  • Scan context, thematic and collaboration arena, trends (including on financing and policies), and support the Unit on aligning thematic priorities to new developments and within the resilience framework and the BD&A Unit’s overall goal and ambitions
  • Ensure adequate staffing of key WASH positions to support NLRC on-going operations and provide expert capacity. Overall responsible for managing WASH positions with the BD&A Unit
  • Responsible for review, alignment and promotion of an NLRC WASH policy and guidelines. Incorporation thereof in NLRC supported programmes
  • To provide technical support to NLRCs (developmental) projects and programmes in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Develop and manage NLRC’s sanitation innovation portfolio, which aims to further strengthen NLRCs position and experience in sanitation innovation in challenging situation. Application of innovations in on-going and new NLRC projects and programmes
  • Build up and maintain a network of relevant public, private, non-governmental and academic partners in the (national, Dutch) WASH arena, as well as in the Red Cross Movement. In close collaboration with the Business Development & Innovation Coordinator, seek to establish partnerships with selected partners towards joint project and programme development as well as innovation trajectories
  • Scan for funding opportunities, coordinates and contributes to the development of WASH funding proposals to continue and expand NLRCs WASH portfolio, in close cooperation with the resource mobilisation coordinator within BD&A and other involved units in the division
  • Lead the implementation of NLRCs role in the Dutch Surge Support Facility (enabling the deployment of Dutch water experts to emergency situations), in cooperation with facility partners RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Netherlands Water Partnership
  • Represent NLRC in relevant Movement and external WASH coordination and knowledge platforms
  • Identify, document and share good practices in WASH programming, ensuring that learning feeds back into our international programming

Profile candidate

  • Academic working level, with a degree related to the field of work, e.g. in International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion, Public Health or International Land and Water Management. Strong experience in the field of sanitation and hygiene is beneficial
  • Experience in the humanitarian and / or development sector; at least 5 years of international experience in a project management or advisory position is preferred
  • Demonstrable commitment to WASH in development and emergency responses, with experience in WASH programming in sub-Saharan Africa and/ or Asia and urban settings
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and support of WASH projects, including successful high-value proposal development, grant management, donor liaison, project monitoring and report-writing
  • Experience in developing effective working relationships with stakeholders from governments agencies, donors, (international) NGO, and academics
  • Experience in establishing and using effective programme monitoring frameworks
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Red Cross / Red Crescent mission, values and programming approaches
  • Experience in the development and management of innovation trajectories in international projects.
  • Strong inter-personal and advisory skills, including the demonstrated ability to guide and influence colleagues and others face to face and from a distance
  • Excellent computer, writing and communication skills (proposals, reports, texts for media purposes) in both Dutch and English
  • Good working knowledge of English and French essential
  • Willing to travel up to 50% of the time from the duty station, including deployment in response to a WASH emergency situation


The WASH Programme Advisor should be able to maintain a helicopter view have organisational sensitivity and strategic insight, be able to plan and prioritize realistically and make decisions accordingly and timely, and be strong in cooperation with internal and external partners, in a motivating manner. The Advisor is able to analyse and form opinions on WASH-related matters and feels confident to provide feedback, thereby creating support to his/ her proposed solutions.

We offer

  • A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance
  • A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations
  • Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.

Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 12 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. € 3.581,35 and max. € 4.778,76 gross per month on the basis of full time employment).


Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen before 13 March 2017 using our online application tool. For more information about the position, you can contact [email protected].

An initial assessment of candidates short-listed is part of the selection procedure.